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Has anyone ever had a rater call them??

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Just the other day I received a phone call from a private number - Turns out it was the person rating my claim. They asked me if I had any additional things I wanted to submit or if I had any questions, as they will be rating and closing my claim, and that everything is done. I asked them if they got by reports and DBQ's from my private doctors about my combat PTSD and they said they have recieved and read everything I submitted. I told them that I had no other questions and thanked them for the call. I then noticed my claim at the 'preparation of notification'. the last one. Then today I just happened to notice it went right back to 'gathering of evidence' and my dates have been pushed back by 5 months....!?? What is that?? Oh, and they also want me to go to another C & P. Will they compensate me for my private evaluations that I payed for from 2 different doctors? I really dislike how the VA operates. Has anyone ever had this experience? It clearly seems they are up to something and probably want to challenge my private exams. This really hinders a veteran's ability to get the treatment and assistance they need.

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I have had a rater call me at home, but the reason was to hurry the claim along and not to extend the "gathering of evidence" phase.  That is weird. No the VA will not compensate you for your  IMO's.   Make sure you go to the new C&P exams.  After you get your new C&P you might want to read it and get your IMO doctors to write rebuttals to it if you don't agree with the findings.  Who knows what the VA is up to doing? If you know what you are up to doing that is the main thing.  You have your IMO doctors, so if they make a rating decision keep your IMO's on board as they can read your decision and prepare responses to it.  This is how I won almost all my claims. I used three doctors who wrote great rebuttals to the VA's rating decision.  The VA even quoted my main doctor word for word in the final decision that granted me TDIU P&T.   It is a game they play and you can play it better. You might even ask your current IMO's to refer you to other doctors who will support you with new evidence.  You just want to bury them with new evidence if they deny your claim.

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Nice time to have a recorder on your phone.

Just sayin,

Hamslice

Hard to remember what someone just told me on the phone when my brain is scrambling to figure out what to do when put on the spot........

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I Never had a rater to call me  but one time I had a DRO Hearing with a rating specialist  present  and she called a Dr that I had mention and gave the Dr phone # actually the Dr had put her phone # in her IMO Report and had mention if you have any questions please call me  during office hours between 9:00am -5:00pm Mon thru Friday   this rater called this Dr to ask her a question about my claim...anyway the Dr ok with the collaboration.as to what was in the report   some numbers didn't add up on my hearing chart according to the hearing criteria...but the Dr straighten that out  by looking at her copy of the hearing chart she had in her office.

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in the early 90's I had a rater call me with a "Lets make a deal" proposal I had applied for IU and rater called and said they were ready to give me an additional 50% if I would drop the IU. I didn't want to quit working I was just so messed up, so I took the 50%. I continued working for a few more years, but then it was to much and my doctor took me off work. I applied for an increase and IU. Took several years but in 97 I was awarded 100% schedular. 

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I had this happen a couple of times. They wanted to verify a couple of things.

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